U.S. Seeks to Revoke Citizenship
Oct. 11, 2002
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CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Justice Department asked a federal court Thursday to revoke the citizenship of a tailor accused of serving as an armed guard at two Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
According to the government, Jakob Miling, 78, lied about his Nazi past when he applied for U.S. citizenship. He is native of Yugoslavia and became a citizen in 1972.
Miling, who works as a tailor at a suburban Saks Fifth Avenue department store, has two months to respond to the government's complaint.
He could not immediately be reached to comment at the address listed for him in the complaint. A woman answering the phone at Saks Fifth Avenue said he was on vacation and could not be reached. No one answered the door at Miling's home.
The government charged that when Miling applied for citizenship, he claimed to have been in high school from 1941-1944 and to have worked as a tailor from 1944-1950.
Instead, Miling was a guard at the Gross-Rosen camp in Poland and Sachsenhausen in Germany from 1942-1944, according to the government's complaint.
Miling then served in the German infantry until he surrendered to British troops in 1945, said Elizabeth White, chief historian at the Justice Department.
He came to the United States as a visitor in 1964, and applied for an immigrant visa in 1966.
The complaint against Miling is the eighth filed this year against a suspected former Nazi, said Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations. The office reviews World War II-era documents from archives in Europe searching for names and biographical information on Nazi soldiers and compares those with names on U.S. immigration documents.
The OSI's work has led judges to strip 71 people of their citizenship and deport 51.